Young people, and young women in particular, are disproportionally affected by HIV. Barrieres young people face include poverty, stigma and lack of youth-friendly services. To tackle HIV in a most effective way in our interventions, we need to listen to and take into account the realities on the ground.

In this edition:
  • STOP AIDS NOW! efforts to address gaps in national HIV and SRHR responses,
  • “We support young people in making healthy choices”, a meet and greet with Damaris Oyando, coordinator of 7 youth friendly centers in Kenia,
  • Reflections on the Adolescents SRHR & HIV symposium in Zambia by young people,
and much more!

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"Once I am inside and see one of my motherís friends, what do I do?"

After I had sex with my ex-girlfriend on Valentine’s day, I was afraid I might have HIV. But I didn’t want to visit a clinic, because once I am inside and see one of my mother’s friends, what do I do? A friend convinced me to go. However, I was told that they don’t have medication for people who had unprotected sex. Finally, I managed to get the medication from a friend, but only for two days. I pray to God that I don’t have HIV.’ -Boy of 17 from Burundi

Barriers that young people face include youth-unfriendly HIV services and poverty.
Whilst young people, and young women in particular, are disproportionally affected by HIV. Worldwide, four million young people aged 15-24 are living with HIV, nearly 75 percent of them living in sub-Saharan Africa.

The interventions of STOP AIDS NOW! are based on the realities on the ground. We address the gaps in national HIV and SRHR responses, in collaboration with different stakeholders across different disciplines. To secure their future, young people need a comprehensive approach. We should all work together to embrace five programming building blocks to create a change.

What's new

Young people participated in Symposium on Adolescent SRHR and HIV
Young people are not meaningfully involved in SRHR and HIV plans and services. This was the overall conclusion during the second Africa Symposium on Adolescent SRHR and HIV that took place in Zambia, in December 2014. STOP AIDS NOW! supported a diverse team of participating young people from various programmes. All agreed that adolescents (10-19) are poorly represented in national plans, and lack of access to youth-friendly services is still a significant barrier.

Policy brief: Social Protection Programmes Contribute to HIV Prevention

Social protection programmes reduce poverty and vulnerability while strengthening a broad range of developmental impacts. This policy brief describes the pathways through which social  protection, especially cash transfers, contributes to HIV prevention, particularly in addressing the social, economic, and structural drivers of HIV in adolescents.

MaxART Newsletter: From evidence to action: implementing Early Access to ART for All
The recently started second phase in the MaxART programme, ‘Early Access to Art for All’,  puts into practice the exciting evidence that early ART has not only individual health benefits, but also contributes to the prevention of HIV transmission. Read all about this implementation study in the latest issue of the MaxART Newsletter.

Webinar: PEPFAR Country Operational Plan Overview 2015
Recording from the webinar on the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan that was held on February 20, 2015 is available for download.

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Meet and Greet: "We support young people to make healthy choices"

"My goal is to prevent youth to drop out of school, as this makes them vulnerable to STIs, including HIV, and other diseases, violence, unemployment, stigma, and so on."

Damaris Oyando is a programme officer at Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK). Within the Access, Service and Knowledge (ASK) programme, she coordinates seven health centres that offer integrated youth-friendly services. Focusing on the realities on the ground, the programme tackles the barriers that young people experience. Meet Damaris!

Research & resources

Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention study Swaziland
Findings and recommendations from a study led by and among people living with HIV in Swaziland 2012, conducted by SWANNEPHA with support from GNP+. This report describes the experiences of PLHIV in the context of the national scale up of HIV testing, care and treatment with highlights of the important linkages between prevention, treatment, care, support and human rights. Key recommendations include a call to government to promote and implement strategies to ensure that basic human rights are protected.

Factors Underlying the Success of Behavioral HIV-Prevention Interventions for Adolescents: A Meta-Review
The authors analysed quantitative and qualitative reviews published to date to identify characteristics of successful HIV prevention interventions for adolescents aged 10–19, focusing on reduction of sexual risk-taking. The findings showed that behavioural interventions had positive outcomes in at least one of the following: improving knowledge about HIV or safer sex, self-efficacy, delaying next sexual intercourse, encouraging abstinence, decreasing frequency of sex or number of partners, and increasing condom use. Source: AIDSFree Prevention Update January 2015

Publication: Building a Safe House on Firm Ground
Key findings from a global survey by Salamander Trust regarding sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women with HIV are brought together in a 72-page publication. Highlights of the findings are amongst others: 89% of the respondents reported experiencing or fearing gender-based violence around HIV diagnosis, over 80% of respondents reported experiences of depression, shame, and feelings of rejection. The attitudes and practices of health staff, partners, and communities are key to women’s ability to cope with the diagnosis of HIV, especially when made during pregnancy.

Upcoming events

5th regional Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference
June 17-19

10th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence
June 28-30 / Miami USA

9th INTEREST Workshop
May 5-8 / Harare, Zimbabwe

Social Science and Humanities for HIV
July 6-9 / Stellenbosch, South Africa

8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention
July 19-22 / Vancouver, Canada

12th AIDSImpact International Conference
July 28-31 / Amsterdam, the Netherlands

More upcoming events

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Aids Fonds, Cordaid, Hivos, ICCO and Oxfam Novib

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